Putin critic Navalny has been arrested shortly after returning home

Alexei Navalny flew from Germany to Russia on Sunday after being poisoned last year.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has landed in Moscow after being assassinated in Russia last year.

Alexei Navalny was detained by Russian police immediately after arriving at the airport, according to live television footage.

Russian prison authorities confirm the arrest in a press release:

He (Navalny, ed.) Has been on the wanted list since 29.
December 2020 for repeated violations of the terms of his conditional sentence, writes Russia’s federal prison authority, according to the Russian news agency Tass.

Navalny will be detained until a court has ruled on his case, it added.

The Russian authorities had warned Navalny in advance that he would be arrested when and if he returned to Russia.

This is partly due to the fact that he should have violated the conditions of a conditional sentence for embezzlement.

He has consistently maintained his innocence in the case, claiming it was politically motivated.

Alexei Navalny was accompanied by several journalists on the plane to Moscow, and video footage broadcast live on YouTube showed Alexei Navalny leaving the plane and heading for the Arrivals Hall.

He managed to hold an impromptu press conference, where he, among other things, related to the prospect of an arrest in Russia.

– I’m not afraid. I know I’m right, and I know all the criminal cases against me are fabricated, he said, among other things.

Navalny then moved on to passport control, where he was met by Russian police.

After a brief conversation with the officers, Alexei Navalny kissed his wife and was then detained by the police.

It was planned that the critic of President Vladimir Putin would land at Vnukovo airport in the Russian capital. But minutes before the scheduled arrival, the airport closed for arrivals.

Therefore, the plane was diverted to Sheremetyevo Airport, which is also located in Moscow.

Alexei Navalny has been in Germany since he was attacked by the neurotoxin Novitjok last year.

Many of Navalny’s supporters had turned up at Vnukovo airport on Sunday, where Navalny’s plane was scheduled to arrive.

Here, Russian police stepped in to arrest several of Navalny’s supporters.

Alexei Navalny fell ill on board a plane from Siberia to Moscow last summer. Later it turned out that he had been poisoned with the extremely potent neurotoxin Novitjok, which was developed under Soviet rule.

The Russian government has so far denied all allegations of being behind the attack.

/ ritzau /

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